November 29th, 2012
Christmas is just around the corner and as every year we write about the Christmas traditions in Catalonia. Becca was very surprised of the Catalan traditions and has written this very funny blog. I hope you enjoy it!
Given that the festive season is approaching, I got talking to my house-mate here in Spain about how she was planning to celebrate. Firstly I was shocked and appalled to hear that she wasn’t going to have a big roast dinner. But this paled in comparison to the next 2 traditions she revealed.
When you think about Christmas you might think about the tree, the presents or even the baby Jesus but one thing that certainly doesn’t spring to mind is poo. Well… after reading this blog you might change your perspective a little bit…
In Catalonia there are some rather bizarre traditions which go alongside all the tinsel, trees and fairy lights. The first of them is caga tió (we have one in our school ) which consists of a log which has a face drawn on it, 2 front legs, a typical Catalan beret and is usually covered in a blanket so it doesn’t Read the rest of this entry »
November 14th, 2012
Hope you are well!
Becca has written an excellent blog about her favourite cake and coffe spots in Barcelona. Enjoy the virtual tour and try them all!
Now that winter is closing in and trips to the beach in your bikini might not seem quite so appealing, we thought it only right that we offer you an alternative to picnics, ice cream and Sangría. So here you have it: Where to find the best cakes in Barcelona?
After 5 months of VERY in depth research into where to eat around the city, I would say that my sweet tooth and I are more than qualified to give you all a virtual cake-eating tour of Barcelona!
If you have spent anytime walking through the streets of the city you will know that almost everything you go, you find something that looks good enough to eat! So here are a few of my favorite spots for a cake, a coffee and a catch-up! They are all within 20 minutes of the school so will have time to pop by before your classes.
- The first was recommended to me by a Camino student and despite having a minor tantrum when the waiter told me they didn’t do hot chocolate (apparently August in Spain isn’t exactly hot chocolate season!), the giant slab of cheesecake he brought me didn’t half but make up for it! It was honestly the best cheesecake I have tried since I arrived and Read the rest of this entry »
October 26th, 2012
Halloween is around the corner and Naomi explains to you how we celebrate it here in Barcelona.
We are coming to the end of October and all around the world there is a special tradition that is celebrated. I’m talking about the “Día de los Muertos” or as they call it in English “Halloween”! Millions of people celebrate this occasion with different customs and rituals and I am going to tell you a little about what you will be able to experience in Barcelona this year!
“La Castanyada” is Read the rest of this entry »
August 10th, 2012
I wanted to share some of my favourite places close to the school with you all: they are all within 15 minutes walk. Why not make a trip and don’t forget to let me know what you think of them!!!
Located between el Paralelo and la Ronda Sant Pau, you get there within 10 minutes if you follow the road that the school is on. It has a retro feel and is tucked away in an old shopping street, it is a place which is full of history and with cheap, high quality tapas.All their products are homemade and local to the region. I recommend Asturian cheese platter, the selection of catalan sausage and the house vermouth. It´s only a 10 minute walk away!
This bar is Read the rest of this entry »
July 26th, 2012
Hi everybody! Today we would like to tell you a little bit about the Olympic Games, which are just about to start in London!
England is hosting the Olympic Games for the first time since 1948 and the whole country is so excited!! London has been preparing for it since 2005 and everything is finally ready for Friday when the Opening Ceremony will take place.
In the build up to the Games, there has been a 70 day Torch Relay through England. Read the rest of this entry »
May 18th, 2012
if you are wondering what to do in Barcelona this weekand and perhaps fancy practising your English, check out Vahri’s latest blog about an interesting theatre production taking place this month in Barcelona.
Enjoy and give us your comments!
Today the team at Camino Barcelona would like to present to you all an interesting event that will soon be taking place in Barcelona and that would be of particular interest to any arts and drama fans out there!
From the 19th of May onwards, an English theatre company Jocular Theatre who produce shows in English in Barcelona will be putting on show their latest piece of work: BatBoy the musical! Previous productions of there’s have included; Private eyes, The foreigner, Lend me a Tenor and The little shop of horrors and have all been very successful. Batboy is to be their 11th production and hopefully it will have as much success as its predecessors!!
The musical has been described as a “darkly-funny, pop-rock musical” about the discovery of a member of a small village who is half boy half bat and the story follows his struggle to survive within a world that rejects him. It has been described as an exotic mix between My fair lady and Edward scissor hands and as a classic love story but with a modern day twist. It is promised to be like nothing you have ever seen before!!
So, if you are interested in Theatre and fancy a break from your Spanish studies, or even if English is not your native language but you just fancy brushing up on your English language skills in a relaxed and fun way, don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to experience some perhaps more alternative culture of the city!
The show will take place in the Centre Moral I Cultural de Poblenou on Saturday and Sunday for two consecutive weekends, 19th and 20th of May and the following 26th and 27th of May starting at 9.30pm on Saturdays and 6.30pm on Sundays. Tickets are available on the door for 15€ or can be purchased at a discounted price when bought in advance on atrapalo.com. For directions to the theatre please see the follow page. You can also find more information about the event on Facebook!
Have a good weekend everyone and keep checking the blog for upcoming events!
May 17th, 2012
Here comes Laura’s second blog about our accommodation options on-site!
It’s me again! As I promised in my first blog, I will give you more information about all the updated information about our new accommodation options available and hopefully should help you all to understand what you are reserving better and make for happy students! Enjoy!
As I used to work as a hotel receptionist some years ago, I am now working in our accommodation department here at Camino Barcelona in order to provide our students with the most suitable accommodation for their personal requirements. We always try our best to be supportive to all of our students and I personally am really enjoying making new contacts and working with people coming from all over the world!
With these new improvements in mind, I now want to take you through the different accommodation options that our school offers!
Not only can we arrange accommodation in one of our carefully selected Spanish Host Families, we also offer On-site Superior accommodation and Standard accommodation (Apartment or Residence).
Our most popular accommodation in Barcelona is Read the rest of this entry »
May 3rd, 2012
Today we have a special blog from one of our student. Her name is Pooja and she has been studying with us for more than 25 weeks and her Spanish is perfect now :D. Pooja is from India and she has written a blog about the cultural differences between Spain and India and what she feels about her new country .
My name is Pooja and I am a student at Camino Barcelona. I come from the land popularly known as the “land of curries” and “snake charmers”, INDIA. Through this blog I would like to share with you my experience studying in Spain and encountering a difference of culture between India and the western world.
To be honest when I started to write this blog, I was clueless as to how to go about it. Coming from a metropolitan city, it makes it difficult to describe the real India. But I will try my best to put down my experiences to best of my knowledge and ability to put it in words.
I realized differences as well as similarities between the two cultures. Many debates surround the Indian and the western cultures. It is true that these cultures differ in many ways ranging from eating habits, the way of dressing, marriage and even Read the rest of this entry »
April 19th, 2012
As many of you may well know, I am rather passionate about wine and I never go very long without completing another course to find out more about this hobby of mine.
For if it were of interest to any of you, today I am going to talk about the most recent course that I did which was quite attractively named: Cheese, wine and foie gras, a marriage made in heaven. Furthermore, if it interests you, you yourselves can take part in this course, starting from the 23rd April 2012 onwards, taking place on Mondays from 6.30pm-8pm. The course lasts Read the rest of this entry »
April 13th, 2012
So, the sun is up again and I am sure we will have a wonderful sunny weather to spend on the beach this weekend.
Here is a new blog from our new Italian work placement David. Have a lovely weekend everyone!
How are you? My name is David and I’m from Rome and this is my first blog so I really hope you will all enjoy it!
First of all, here’s a brief presentation of myself: I’m an Italian Erasmus student and this is my second week here at Camino Barcelona, I was awarded a scholarship for international students and so I’m going to spend the next six months here in Barcelona !
Today I want to talk about the DELE exam and its importance from a professional and academic point of view. I decided to take this exam last year after having lived in Spain for 6 months and It seems that I had really underestimated how useful this exam would be for me! As I study languages, I signed myself up to try and pass the highest level: C2, and Read the rest of this entry »